Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola react

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola react

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola react

Pep Guardiola's men emerged 2-1 winners at the Etihad thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.

In the first half, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah combined magnificently to put teammate Sadio Mane through on goal, but his shot struck the post.

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the Premier League season after Leroy Sane's 72nd-minute victor at the Etihad Stadium.

"They [Liverpool] are leaders - it is four points but we have reduced the gap", Guardiola said.

The 24-year-old Portugal global has emerged as a key player for City this season and was outstanding alongside Fernandinho in central midfield.

"Let me say it like this we [have] played better games but we took the intensity today".

The Reds found themselves on the wrong side of a defeat for the first time in the Premier League season, at the hands of defending champions.

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Tottenham's back-up options are arguably the most limited but City's recent three defeats came when they failed to cope without key starters such as Fernandinho, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

"We created chances - a big one in the first half and a few in the second - and things could have been different with a little bit of luck".

It was a game that Guardiola said his side could not lose and the magnitude of the match was not lost on the players, with both teams playing at a frantic pace.

"Look, we haven't won five titles in the last 10 years, so we don't have that experience and we have to win as many games as we can to finish the season well. We lost two games in four days but you can't forget what they have done for 16 months".

When asked for his view of how the game in Manchester went, Klopp summed the game up as being "pretty intense".

"We went toe-to-toe with a very physical and aggressive team and we matched them for everything, if not more". But in 2013, the Premier League instituted goal-line technology - the same mechanism as tennis' Hawk-Eye system. City had counter-attacks especially when we lost the ball, it was really risky. What kind of reaction do we want to see?

"For tonight, the boys tried everything, and we got nothing for it".

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